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Definition of hopeless adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hopeless

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈhəʊpləs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊpləs//
     
     
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  1. 1if something is hopeless, there is no hope that it will get better or succeed a hopeless situation It's hopeless trying to convince her. Most of the students are making good progress, but Michael is a hopeless case. He felt that his life was a hopeless mess.
  2. 2(British English, informal) extremely bad synonym terrible The buses are absolutely hopeless these days!
  3. 3(especially British English) (of people) very bad (at something); with no ability or skill synonym terrible a hopeless driver hopeless at something I'm hopeless at science.
  4. 4feeling or showing no hope She felt lonely and hopeless.
  5. Extra examples I’m absolutely hopeless at languages. I’ve always been hopeless with machinery. She felt lonely and completely hopeless. The situation seemed completely hopeless. He wanted to warn her how hopeless her case was. He’s an absolutely hopeless driver. It’s hopeless trying to convince her. Most students are making good progress, but Michael is a hopeless case. The buses are absolutely hopeless these days. The situation seems increasingly hopeless. There were some things it was hopeless to discuss with him. Winning the title is out of the question now—it’s a hopeless cause. With a hopeless shrug of resignation, he turned back.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hopeless